Henry Victor (Harry) Fowler

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Henry Victor (Harry) Fowler
Fowler Harry.jpg
Excerpt from 1934 Armadale AFL team photo
Personal Information
Date of Birth 5 Nov 1898
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 16 Jul 1985, aged 86
Place of Death Narrogin, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 42 years, 9 months
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Elsie May Napier
Military Information
Reg Number W26638
Date of Enlistment 13 Aug 1941
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 26th Australian Employment Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

During 1919 Henry married Elsie May Napier (1898 - 1985) in Perth.

War Service

discharged 12 Mar 1947

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1954 - 1958 at Railway avenue, Armadale, butcher;


During the period 1939 - 1945 some unit names changed more than once. In the case of Australian Employment Companies they were also known as Works Companies, Labour Companies, Labour Units, Labour Corps. For sake of consistency I have adopted the term Employment Company. The role they played did not change with title. They were established to ensure that the Australian Defence Force had a large force of soldiers dedicated to essential labouring tasks, providing the physical labour needed to maintain the war effort and support the fighting forces.

Of the total of 39 Companies, 11 were part or fully manned by non British citizens known then as 'aliens'. These alien companies were not issued with arms. The 26th Company was formed with British citizens.

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